Please ask Howard.Homan@gmail.com for a map and a calendar !!!
Where do volunteers meet? There is no street address; GPS coordinates are given on the map. You can park there; we'll give you a permit if needed. To drive there, from Hildebrand Ave. take the entrance ramp to Rt. 281 North; but do not get on Rt. 281! From the entrance ramp, take an immediate right turn into the University of the Incarnate Word. Next, at the stop sign, turn left and stay left until you pass the baseball fields on your right. On the left, you'll find us at the picnic tables near our tool shed, with its “Welcome to the Headwaters” banner.
How should volunteers prepare? Dress for the woods -- long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes or boots. We supply gloves, equipment, and water in a 5-gallon cooler; we ask that you bring a reusable container for water that you can refill from our water cooler. (We don't ever supply water in plastic bottles.)
What do volunteers do? As stewards of the land, we and our beloved volunteers do many things to help heal this land. We remove invasive plants to make room for a variety of native ones, which improves ecological health. We do this with hands, handsaws, root wrenches and chainsaws. We haul the cuttings into piles by the trails. We run the cuttings through a wood chipper. We put the wood chips on our trails – a form of recycling! We manage existing trails and make new ones. We grow native plants from seed in the greenhouse, and plant them in the Sanctuary. Sometimes we just pick up trash. When you come, we could be doing any or all of these things depending on who shows up, what their interests are, and what needs to be done in the Sanctuary that day. We also enjoy time together in nature. You'll learn about ecological restoration, the natural and cultural heritage of the Sanctuary, and how we can all be better stewards of the Earth.